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There must be a way to avoid this road closure

31 July, 2020

• CAMDEN Council and SF Stefan continue to cause complete chaos in the borough – the latest disruption being the closure of Fortune Green Road, a major road into and out of West Hampstead, northbound from August 3 to October 17, in order to lay ultrafast broadband cables.

The resulting traffic chaos will cause ripples affecting a large swathe of the local area as motorists attempt to find alternative routes, most likely down hitherto quiet residential roads.

It will also lead to huge inconvenience for bus passengers, as the 139 and 328 routes will be diverted, which will mean long walks for some people trying to access the bus to travel to Golders Green and intermediate stations. And, indeed, those coming to West Hampstead from the West End or Kensington.

Why does the road have to be closed in its entirety for more than two months? Isn’t there another way to do this?

And more importantly for all of us who have been, or will be, affected by the laying of these cables, why is it to “critical”, as Camden has said, to install ultrafast broadband in an area not generally known for poor broadband service?

There are other areas of the country that need it much more than we do.



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